Some Clark County sheriff’s deputies have begun wearing body cameras as the agency rolls out the equipment.
In June, the Clark County Council approved a five-year contract with Axon Enterprises for body cameras, dash cameras and updated Taser equipment.
The sheriff’s office held its first training classes for the body cameras this week, and as of Thursday evening, 32 deputies were wearing cameras, the agency said in a news release. Additionally, the sheriff’s office has started training on the new Tasers.
Additional training is ongoing, and the agency said it hopes to have nearly all commissioned employees wearing cameras by the end of the year. After that, staff will begin equipping agency vehicles and interview rooms with cameras, with the aim of completing that by spring.
“These new technologies will enable us to deliver better service, increase trust and provide greater transparency to our community,” the sheriff’s office said in the news release.
The sheriff’s office joins the Vancouver and Camas police departments with similar programs.